When it comes to survival, we think we know all the lessons passed down from generation to generation. But sometimes, that advice is wrong or gets skewed along the years.
I wanted to take some time to clear up tips that are actually not true or good for survival. Hopefully you already knew all of these, but in case you didn’t, don’t be ashamed. Even I was taught wrong tips that I just recently discovered!
So here they are. Fact or myth?
Fact vs. Myth 1
Wearing cotton clothing as a base layer is the best in cold weather. This is a MYTH. Wearing Cotton puts you at severe risk for hypothermia if the cotton is to get wet. This is because the cotton material loses almost all insulation capabilities when it is wet. However, it is great to wear in hot and dry climates.
Fact vs. Myth 2
If your Matches get wet, they won’t work even when dry. This is TRUE. The matches, of course, will not work when wet. But even after you’ve dried them off, they still will not work. This is because the water breaks down the chemical composition that causes the matches to ignite. If this is broken down, the match will no longer be able to ignite, no matter how well you dry the match off. A great solution around this is to always store matches in waterproof containers.
Fact vs. Myth 3
Last one… Sucking on a stone will hydrate you when you have no other water sources. This is a MYTH. Many Survivalists around the world will argue that this one works, but they are fooled by the saliva production that occurs when sucking on the rock. Just because more saliva is made, does not mean you are being properly hydrated! It is always recommended to keep an additional water bottle on you, or have a water purification straw to drink from any water source.
What other Survival facts have you heard in your lifetime that you later learned weren’t true? Or do you have any you’d like me to confirm or debunk? I’m here to help us Survive and Thrive!